Gareth Bale stepped up, and now there are no doubts. Madrid will remember this one legendary run for years to come. [Art by Kendall Henderson] via afr

96 People

In April 1989, 96 people went to watch a football match and never came home. They went there to see their beloved Liverpool — and, today, a quarter of a century later, before one of the club’s biggest games ever, those fans were honored beautifully.

Afterward, led by their captain, Steven Gerrard — the paragon of loyalty in a sporting era that often rewards money-grabbing and title hunger far more than fidelity to a cause — they won the game, 3-2, and set themselves up for their first league title since 1990.

When the game finished, Gerrard had tears in his eyes — and while some of those were no doubt down to a mixture of relief, exhaustion, and the thrill of victory — a lot of them were down to something more.

Gerrard’s cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, died at the stadium in 1989 when he was only 10. While most of the time we can freely admit that sports are just sports — and the narratives we spin are irrationally inflated to feed our obsession with a game — sometimes they are something way more important than that.

Sometimes, sports say a lot about life and help us heal wounds that we once thought never could even begin to heal — and today was one of those times. #JFT96 [Posted by Zack]

Where is Football? Where the goals are.

Denmark-based photographer Kim Høltermand found the perfect morning to capture the game. The grass is brisk and if there are any defenders on the pitch, they’re completely covered by the surrounding fog. Where will you find the game this weekend?

Football heroes in all shapes and sizes. By Carlos Rivaherrera

via AFR

It’s red, white and blue… and it’s coming to the World Cup. To launch the new away kit, USMNT captain Clint Dempsey and the USWNT’s Sydney Leroux were joined by Diplo, HAIM, Spike Lee, NFL players Andrew Luck and Ndamukong Suh, skateboarders Eric Koston and Sean Malto, Allyson Felix, and former U.S. National Team member Alexi Lalas. America? America. (via afootballreport)

France’s “Provoque le Destin” Typography by Alexis Taïeb 

Using spray cans, French artist Alexis Taïeb - Alexis (a.k.a Tyrsa) - handcrafted the type for France’s World Cup campaign and the launch of their new Nike kits.

(via AFR)

A Footballer’s Essentials

A Footballer’s Essentials

Advice from Zlatan

Football Never Stops (via afr)

Every ball in World Cup history.

Every ball in World Cup history.

One of these is necessary.

One of these is necessary.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Blues in Black

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Looking back to look forward: EURO 2012

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